Fischer Forms Work Group to Address West End Issues

by Gabe Bullard on May 25, 2012

Mayor Greg Fischer has assembled a work group to address violence in west Louisville.

U of L Arts and Sciences Dean Blaine Hudson will chair the group, and the rest of the members will be chosen from civic organizations, government, churches and the business community. The group will first take count of all the youth services programs and charities in West Louisville. The next step is to create a crisis response team to help victims of violence.

The group is a response to two shootings last week that occurred minutes and blocks apart. In a statement, Police Chief Steve conrad said having a crisis response team on hand at the crime scene may have prevented the second shooting.

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Shots Fired Near Shawnee High School, SWAT Called; UPDATE: Standoff Ends

by Gabe Bullard May 18, 2012

Update, 7:00: Police say a 22-year-old is in custody and the SWAT standoff has ended.  A Louisville SWAT team is still assessing the situation at the corner of 41st and Herman streets, where a suspect is barricaded in a house. The standoff began shortly before 1:00 pm, when Louisville Metro police reported that two individuals […]

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Fischer and Conrad Address Thursday’s Shootings

by Devin Katayama May 17, 2012

Louisville Metro police will increase patrols in the West End in response to two shootings that left three people dead and three others injured. The first shooting was between a group of men in the Parkland and Victory Park neighborhoods. Police were called to the scene. Shortly afterward, a second round of shooting began nearby. […]

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Three Dead, Three Injured In West Louisville Shootings

by Devin Katayama May 17, 2012

Update, 5:55 pm: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD Chief Steve Conrad will discuss the shootings with the press at 7 pm tonight. WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey will be there. We’ll post updates here and on Twitter. Update, 4:49 pm: University of Louisville Hospital, where the victims were taken, is on lockdown. Multiple shootings in […]

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Foul Play Suspected in Death at Churchill Downs

by Gabe Bullard May 6, 2012

The Louisville Metro Police Department says a man found dead at Churchill Downs this morning may have been in an altercation with one or more people. LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says track security called the police shortly before 5 am to report a body in barn number eight. The deceased is a Hispanic man, and […]

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‘Hillbilly Noir’: New Books Explore Kentucky’s Drug Trade

by Erin Keane April 19, 2012

There is the Kentucky we often see in literature: a reverence for the pastoral landscape and for folksy wisdom, for majestic horses and for the quiet secrets buried deep in the bluegrass and in the mountains. But new books by Kirby Gann and James Higdon dig deep inside the state’s drug trade to turn that […]

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Police Make Arrests as Fans Celebrate Kentucky Victory

by Gabe Bullard April 3, 2012

From the Associated Press One man was wounded by gunfire early Tuesday in Lexington, numerous small fires were set and dozens were arrested as thousands celebrated Kentucky’s win over Kansas to claim another NCAA title, authorities reported. Battalion Chief Ed Davis of the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services said he saw the shooting […]

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LMPD Chief Challenges Residents to ‘Do Their Part’ Combating Crime

by admin March 29, 2012

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad told the Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee on Thursday his goal is to make the city the safest in America, but budget constraints mean residents must do their part to make neighborhoods safer. The chief has met with several community groups and local leaders since being sworn-in earlier this month […]

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Hickman City Manager Says City Must Move Forward After Mayor’s Death

by admin January 23, 2012

by Shelly Baskin, Kentucky Public Radio The mayor of a western Kentucky town has been shot dead. Hickman Mayor Charles Murphy was killed late last (Sunday) night during an apparent break-in at his home. An officer found Murphy after a neighbor reported hearing a gunshot at the Mayor’s home. City Manager Larry Myatt says despite […]

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